New Blackburn facility will help sports nutrition group hit £200m revenues

Sir Chris Hoy, centre, opens the new site

Six times Olympic champion, Sir Chris Hoy, has officially opened a new £7.2m manufacturing and logistics hub for premium sports nutrition firm Science in Sport.

The new facility, at Frontier Park, Blackburn, will house 180 staff, including 25 new recruits as part of the expansion, which has seen the firm’s existing hubs in Nelson, and Willerby, relocate to the 163,000 sq ft, five acre Blackburn site.

Science in Sport says the hub will help it increase revenues to more than £200m.

The new site comprises three areas: 52,000 sq ft for production; 101,000 sq ft of logistics operations; and 10,000 sq ft of office space for staff across all business functions.

As part of the company’s investment, the new site will house state-of-the-art production lines for gels and powders, with the capacity to produce 127 million gels and 21 million powder units, respectively.

Science in Sport CEO, Stephen Moon, said: “Today is a key milestone for everyone at SiS. We’ve heavily invested in our infrastructure to enable us to deliver on our long term growth plans.

“Our new facility here in Blackburn will be vital to the company’s future growth, with the expansion of our production and logistics space, meaning we now can fulfil over 25,000 web orders per day.

“By consolidating our operations, we’re also able to improve efficiencies that will significantly reduce costs for the business.”

Science in Sport develops, manufactures and markets science-led performance nutrition products for professional athletes, sports, and health and fitness enthusiasts.

The company’s brands are PhD, a premium active nutrition brand targeting people who are serious about their health and fitness, and Science in Sport, a brand trusted by more than 330 elite athletes and professional sports teams globally.

Andy Bott, chief commercial officer, said: “Science in Sport Plc’s sustained investment in the North West is fantastic news for the area. It’s been a real privilege to share the occasion with colleagues across the business as we move into a new growth phase.

“We’ve already seen efficiency gains in our B2C & B2B operations since the site first became operational last month, which is a real testament to the teams based here at the new Blackburn site.”

Developed by Lancashire-based contractor, Barnfield Construction, Frontier Park is owned by Euro Garages and located two miles east of Blackburn and immediately adjacent to the M65, the primary economic corridor through East Lancashire linking Blackburn with the M6 and M61.

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